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The present report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights is
submitted to the Human Rights Council pursuant to resolution 31/36, on Israeli settlements
in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and in the occupied Syrian
Golan, adopted by the Council on 24 March 2016. In paragraph 17 of resolution 31/36, the
Council requested the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights to produce a
database of all business enterprises engaged in certain specified activities related to the Israeli
settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, in consultation with the Working Group
on the issue of human rights and transnational corporations and other business enterprises,
and to transmit the data therein in the form of a report to the Council at its thirty-fourth
session. The Council also requested that the database be updated annually.
On 13 February 2017, the Human Rights Council, pursuant to the recommendation of
the High Commissioner, decided to defer consideration of the report to allow for additional
time to consider the inputs received in the context of an open call for submissions, and to
ensure a fair process for concerned stakeholders (see A/HRC/34/77).


Human Rights Council resolution 31/36 establishing the database follows up the
report of the independent international fact-finding mission to investigate the implications of
the Israeli settlements on the civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights of the
Palestinian people throughout the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem
(A/HRC/22/63). In its report, the fact-finding mission found that business enterprises had
directly and indirectly enabled, facilitated and profited from the construction and growth of
the settlements; in paragraph 96 of the report, it provided a list of activities that raised
particular human rights violations concerns (“listed activities”). In resolution 31/36, the
Council defined the parameters of activities to be reflected in the database by reference to the
list compiled by the mission in its report, which comprised:
The supply of equipment and materials facilitating the construction and the
expansion of settlements and the wall, and associated infrastructures;
The supply of surveillance and identification equipment for settlements, the
wall and checkpoints directly linked with settlements;
The supply of equipment for the demolition of housing and property, the
destruction of agricultural farms, greenhouses, olive groves and crops;
The supply of security services, equipment and materials to enterprises
operating in settlements;
The provision of services and utilities supporting the maintenance and
existence of settlements, including transport;
Banking and financial operations helping to develop, expand or maintain
settlements and their activities, including loans for housing and the development of

The use of natural resources, in particular water and land, for business
Pollution, and the dumping of waste in or its transfer to Palestinian villages;

Use of benefits and reinvestments of enterprises owned totally or partially by
settlers for developing, expanding and maintaining the settlements;
Captivity of the Palestinian financial and economic markets, as well as
practices that disadvantage Palestinian enterprises, including through restrictions on
movement, administrative and legal constraints.